News/Politics 6-3-13

What’s interesting in the news today?

UPDATE

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg has died.

From NorthJersey.com

“Frank R. Lautenberg, who rose from a poor Paterson boyhood to become a multimillionaire businessman and New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, died  Monday at 89 of viral pneumonia, his office said.

The oldest member of the Senate and its last World War II veteran, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he missed several weeks of votes because of what he said was flu and bronchitis.

The death of Lautenberg, a Democrat, creates a vacancy that Republican Gov. Christie will fill. The appointee would serve until a new senator is elected to a full six-year term in 2014.”

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Eric Holder’s problems continue to multiply. I think it’s only a matter of time now. It’s not if he resigns or is removed, but when. From FoxNews

“The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday his panel is  investigating remarks Attorney General Eric Holder made under oath regarding the  Justice Department accessing a Fox News reporter’s phone logs and emails.

“It’s fair to say we’re investigating the conflict in his remarks, those  remarks were made under oath,” Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told “Fox  News Sunday.””

“Goodlatte said the committee has sent Holder a letter asking him to explain why  his remarks before Congress in May seem to conflict with the language of an  affidavit he signed in 2010 asking a judge to give investigators access to Fox  reporter James Rosen’s communications and movement within State Department  headquarters.”

InvestorsBusinessDaily points out the ongoing and repeated lies from the AG.

“Before he lied to Congress while under oath about what he knew about targeting  reporters, he lied about Fast and Furious. As early as the New Black Panthers  case, Eric Holder had a problem with the truth.”

“That the House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Attorney General  Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on Department of Justice  (DOJ) surveillance of reporters comes as no surprise. People have forgotten  about the New Black Panther case, perhaps the most clear-cut case of voter  suppression and intimidation ever. On Election Day 2008, New Black Panther Party  members in military garb were videotaped intimidating voters outside a  Philadelphia polling place.”

“Holder lied: A July 2010 memo shows Michael Walther, head of the National Drug  Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in Fast and Furious “are  responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the  Mexican drug trafficking cartels.””

Some in the White House wish he’d resign too. From HotAir

“If the Obama White House wants to send up smoke signals, it almost always turns to one outlet — the New York Times.  That’s what makes their profile today of embattled Attorney General Eric Holder so compelling.  Ostensibly, the profile positions Holder as taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, hoping to end them.  However, anonymous sources with connections to the West Wing make it clear that momentum is growing at the White House to end the heartache already:

Over the course of four and a half years, no other member of President Obama’s cabinet has been at the center of so many polarizing episodes or the target of so much criticism. While the White House publicly backed Mr. Holder as he tried to smooth over the latest uproar amid new speculation about his future, some in the West Wing privately tell associates they wish he would step down, viewing him as politically maladroit. But the latest attacks may stiffen the administration’s resistance in the near term to a change for fear of emboldening critics.”

“The White House views the attacks on Mr. Holder as a “political agenda” and “would not hasten the departure of someone who’s competent and runs the department and is a friend because there’s a drumbeat,” said William M. Daley, a former White House chief of staff under Mr. Obama. “Whoever Barack Obama puts in there, these people will try to drumbeat him out of there, no matter what.”

But that does not mitigate the frustration of some presidential aides.”

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Meanwhile, more lies exposed in the IRS scandal. From TheDailyMail

“Interviews with IRS employees have  established that the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Internal Revenue  Service was engaged in targeting tea party groups and other conservative  organizations for unfair levels of scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt  status.

Rep. Darrel lssa, chairman of powerful House  Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, made that startling announcement  on CNN Sunday morning.

‘As late as last week,’ he said, ‘the [Obama]  administration was still trying to say the [IRS targeting scandal] was from a  few rogue agents in Cincinnati, when in fact the indication is that they were  directly being ordered from Washington.”

More here from ConservativeIntel.com

And the transcripts of the interviews are here, from OversightHouse.gov

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This was posted in the comments yesterday, and I didn’t want you to miss it. A fun little comparison video for you.

With a HAT TIP! to Donna J. :)

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Tony Blair is pointing out some inconvenient truths. Also From TheDailyMail

“The former Prime Minister addresses the  shocking killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich by going further than he – or  any front-rank British politician – has gone before over the issue of Muslim  radicalism.

Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, he departs  from the usual argument that Islam is a peaceful religion that should not be  tainted by the actions of a few extremists.”

“Instead, Mr Blair urges governments to ‘be  honest’ and admit that the problem is more widespread.”

“‘We have to put it on the table and be honest  about it. Of course there are Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist and  Hindu ones. But I am afraid this strain is not the province of a few extremists.  It has at its heart a view about religion and about the interaction between  religion and politics that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies.’ He adds: ‘At the extreme end of the spectrum are terrorists, but the world view goes deeper and wider than it is comfortable for  us to admit. So by and large we don’t admit it.’”

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And one last piece, from the “Vote Fraud is a Myth” file.  From HotAir

“Democrats like to claim that concern over ballot fraud is just paranoid conspiracy-theory rubbish.  It might be a little more difficult to make that case after Miami-Dade investigators busted a ring of Democrats for attempting to push hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests in the 2012 election  – a ring that reached the inner circle of at least one Democratic Congressman, and perhaps two:

Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.

Friday afternoon, Garcia said he had asked Jeffrey Garcia, no relation, for his resignation after the chief of staff — also the congressman’s top political strategist — took responsibility for the plot. Hours earlier, law enforcement investigators raided the homes of another of Joe Garcia’s employees and a former campaign aide in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.

Garcia didn’t just work to defeat Rivera, who had ethics issues that made his re-election dicey at best.  He also worked to defeat Allen West, who lost by less than 2,000 votes and who complained about voter fraud at the time:

Hmmmmmm…………

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8 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-3-13

  1. We didn’t see the part of the clip where Obama accepted responsibility.
    It may have been George Bush’s fault.

  2. Here is the problem the left is going to protect Holder at all cost… So it is going to be very hard to remove him.

  3. Isn’t that Nixon-Obama video interesting?

    I was in college (a newly declared journalism major) when watergate broke and find the parallels — with regard to the reaction & responses I’m seeing from the administration and its supporters — to be remarkable.

    From Nixon’s “I knew-know nothing” to his supporters brushing it all off as insignificant, a “partisan witch hunt,” and oft repeating “nothing to see here, move on, this is all so minor,” the similarities are pretty striking just based on my memory of that time.

    And just this weekend I heard that the administration was pretty much doubling down in support of Holder.

    Like Nixon, they don’t know that game is over, it’s time to offer up the sacrifice & cut their losses (for at least this small part of the looming scandals) to avoid what would only be further damage — and an inevitable resignation given more time anyway.

    As for the IRS and the line dancing employees, ugh. Now there’s an agency that is facing a major shakedown and overhaul in the years to come, probably long overdue from the looks of it.

  4. I kind of feel sorry for the line dancers. They were probably coerced into participating and assured few people would see the video and now it’s all over the news. :-)

  5. kBells, yeah, you’re probably right there — one of those mandatory ‘bonding’ moments. But maybe time to rethink these ‘retreats’ by public agencies

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